Woman Recreates Lockdown Scenes In Miniature With Her Hamsters
Beverly Borrill, 52, has been making detailed scenes out of cardboard that show her pets taking part in all sorts of activities - none of which seem to include travelling to Durham.
While we've been wasting our time with puzzles and other popular lockdown activites (such as staring at the wall and wishing the weeks away), Bev has been putting her time to good use.
The mum-of-four, from Devizes in Wiltshire, has even let her hamsters give the NHS a hand.
Beverley explained: "I'd thought about posing the hamsters in these coronavirus-related scenes for quite a while, when we first went into isolation.
"I didn't want to do anything in bad taste so I decided that it would be better to have them do things such as help the NHS, as opposed to the hamsters pretending to have coronavirus.
"Really I've just been inspired by things that we have done in lockdown - endless amounts of laundry, cleaning the kitchen and quite a lot of time with some wine in the hot tub!"
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Beverley continued: "I've been enjoying having more free time to do the things I love the most, such as creating these scenes for the hamsters.
"The hospital probably took about four full days to do. I have to say, my other half was extremely helpful because he 3D printed the little hand wash pumps and also the table that the ventilator sits on.
"The bellows in the ventilator do actually work - it's incredible - and my daughter Maddy did all the paper folding for that. My mum knitted the little blanket for the bed so it was a really big family effort.
"Normally everybody's rushing out to do their own things but now it's so nice to have everybody around the table doing something together and chatting."
Bev's eight hamsters have all been involved in the scenes, which can take hours to create.
She added: "Everything is made from scratch, it's all very fiddly and can take a couple of tries. All the action happens on the kitchen table, so it's a regular thing to see the family eating their supper around a half constructed golf course or MasterChef set.
"People ask how to get their hamsters to sit still or how to tame a hamster so they don't bite or destroy the set. The simple answer is patience and lots of perseverance - and a little bit of peanut butter!"
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